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JL's Journal

February 28, 2007

NOTE:  This is a notice from one of our ECI partners we have worked with for years in India….please pray for them.

As you already aware of the persecution news from India. The situation is becoming worst day by day. There are several incidents which are not even reported as it has become a day to day activity. It is very common thing to hear that a pastor/evangelist is beaten up. Few days back 3 pastors who were showing a Jesus film in a village in Maharashtra state, were beaten severely and their projector was broken completely. They took of 5 teeth of one of the evangelists with a plyer, he was unconscious for 2 days.

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February 25, 2007

In part 1 of my teaching on “The Ministry of Nurture,” we looked at the history of the word “mentor” and found its origins in Greek Mythology.  We saw that its roots were in Homer’s famous epics, the Iliad and Odyssey. There we saw how the Greek goddess, Athena, would sometimes take the form of Mentor to give advice to Odysseus or his son Telemachus.

Like so many young men today, Telemachus had a life-long struggle with his masculine identity.  That’s because he was primarily raised by his mother and nurse – who largely sheltered him from the pursuit of his masculine identity.  So Telemachus’ primary role in the epic is his “rite of passage” from childhood to manhood – or his transformation from being a boy to becoming a “man.”  But by the end of his story, you are still left wondering if he has truly become a man. 

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February 20, 2007

Question:  “What if Anna Nicole Smith would have been properly nurtured emotionally and spiritually as a child?

Answer:  “We would not be watching the saga of her tragic death in minute detail on the nightly news!”

Ever since the announcement of her tragic death on February 8th in a penthouse room in the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida –  the circumstances of her life have become an obsession to millions of Americans!”  Her story has become a media shark-feeding frenzy! It has all of the ingredients of block-buster viewing ratings because of beauty, sex, money, tragedy and intrigue! As a result of the melodrama of her life, her seductive pictures have dominated almost every newscast since her death was announced – one year before her 40th birthday. 

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February 15, 2007

I am writing this letter to let you know about a “new direction” in my life. Since I turned 65 on December 31, I have stepped down from being CEO of New Directions International. I will continue in travel and ministry as active as ever as the CMO, or Chief Ministry Officer.

This decision has not come quickly or lightly. My wife Patt and I have talked and prayed about this transition for many months. We have also discussed it with our children, our NDI leadership staff, and our Board of Directors. Each one has fully approved this decision. And the NDI Board has also unanimously appointed my son, Joseph, to be the new CEO of NDI beginning January 1, 2007. Obviously I am thrilled over this decision—and have total confidence in the spiritual maturity and organizational abilities that Joseph brings to this position. And since he has grown up in NDI, the assures both our domestic and national partners that the basic DNA of NDI will not change.

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